Saturday, 30 January 2016

St Mary-Le-More

St Mary-Le-More dominates the Market Place in Wallingford, it sits just behind the Town Hall between two roads. I Have passed it many times over the years and it is only of recent years that I have ventured in. The Church is not the oldest one in the town but is probably the best known and one has stood on the site since Norman times. It was rebuilt at the end of the 13th Century and what you see now rebuilt in 1854.Today I will share with you some views I took of the church.

St Mary-Le-More seen from the Market Place, I've used the wide angle to get in the hole church, the road on the right is St Martins Street

Viewing the chancel end of the church from St Marys Street.

The bell tower  that dominates the town, the tower was rebuilt in 1653 after a thunderstorm caused serious damage, the flint came from the old castle

The churchyard is quite small compared to some I have visited

Most headstones being very old

with the words on them worn or eroded away

The odd one stands out though
Now the churchyard is unused but kept looking neat. The front churchyard has been partly paved over incorporating two of the slabs as part of the area, the other part on St Martins Street is still grassed.

The paved area has a seat and an information board on the church there now.

The entrance is a welcoming one with glass doors leading into the church.

Inside the church has been changed from the Victorian pews to having chairs like have seen in other churches. The rood screen you can see was made in 1925 in memory of the two Miss Hedges a family who are remembered well in the church.

The rood screen in one of the best examples I have seen todate though it it is relatively young
The rood screen was based on the medieval screens.

Through the rood screen we come to the chancel which I found difficult to ge a good shot of.

 Taken just before Christmas 2013

The altar and marble work behind.

The superb chancel window

Some of the detail on the chancel window.

The memorial to John Kirby Hedges in the chancel

Along with another which is on the wall

There are other memorials in the chancel which are well worth looking at

coming out  of the chancel you can see this Italian marble Pulpit, unfortunately I could not move the puzzle board out of the way to get a better photo

 I took this one while visiting at Christmas time so gives you a better idea as to how it looks

To the right you can see a carved stone font which dates to the 15th century

Walk round the church you can see some beautiful stained glass windows

The south aisle and the nave roof

Have a peaceful Sunday


  1. Hello Bill!!!!!
    I love your photos. They are always so beautiful.

    Forgive me. I envy that your eyes can see the stunning architecture.
    Old historic churches and cemeteries would like to always watch.

    Blessed Sunday.
    Greetings from Poland.

  2. Hy Bill!
    Wow beautiful temple and the tomb epitaphs something unique.
    Have a nice Sunday
    Yours Bluethroat.

  3. love the stain glass & the clock on the steeple. ( ;

  4. Such an interesting, lovely church. What are the outside walls made of? They look so rough. The stained glass windows are gorgeous and someone is an expert at flower arranging.

  5. Of course this one is filled with wonderful detail. So many of your finds appear to be out in the countryside and with this one the city has grown around the church.

  6. Another great church post Bill! I'm not fond of the chairs instead of pews although they are probably more comfortable...

  7. This to me is a very typical English village church.

  8. What a very lovely English church Bill, the stained glass windows are always my favourite detail in churches. Also I love to see the flowers, I always imagine the women of the parish fussing around with the flowers and hymn books etc getting the church ready for Sunday services.. I think I may have read too many Joanna Trollope books :) Merci beaucoup for another tres enjoyable trip.